When we look around Poringland and Framingham Earl we see so many new houses being built, just about in every direction! It may mean that we have to queue longer in the traffic, maybe it will be more difficult to get Doctor’s appointments, there might be waiting in the Chemist, and in various shops at the check outs, and will the schools will be able to cope? However, these new homes represent people, and they are coming to live amongst us, and be part of this community. I hope we can reach out to them, that this will be a place of welcome, a place they can feel part of. It would be so good if we can be ready to help others and to make them feel at home living here. Poringland and Framingham Earl is a special place to be, and that depends on us all, each of us has a role to play.
So let us put ourselves in their shoes, I’m sure we would all like to feel accepted and supported, and together we can make this a great place to live. Jesus talked a lot about loving others, and caring for each other, and that is what Community is all about. A smile and a cheery word go a very long way, and make us all feel better. I’m sure none of us particularly like being around grumpy people (I try to avoid them like the plague to be honest). We may use a lot more muscles smiling and laughing than we do frowning but I reckon it’s still worth it.
Life is precious, and every minute should count. It is a gift from God, and if we approach life from being thankful instead of complaining, I’m sure we will feel so much better about everything. In the Bible it says in the book of Hebrews that the people of God didn’t enter into the fullness God had for them because they grumbled and complained. It is very easy to get focused on the negative, we can always find fault.
We live in a beautiful part of the world, the countryside around us is just wonderful, we have so many places to walk and enjoy. Perhaps we need to consider how many others have to live, going without so much of the things that we take for granted, losing their homes and families through war and terrorism, people are hungry and without shelter. That makes us realise what we have to be thankful for.
So let us be a people in this community who can show love to our neighbours, welcoming and caring and why not smile at someone you don’t know today?